Awareness of Low Income Voices

Alive Blog PhotoSocial Development Centre is pleased to be an ally for Awareness of Low Income Voices. We hosted the first ALIV(e) group meeting at our space on April 21st 2017. The topic for the meeting was the GRT new fare boxes and Easy Go Card. Gethyn Beniston, project manager for electronic fare systems for the Region of Waterloo, provided information and heard much from ALIVE(e) members. The group was vocal regarding the needs of low-income and persons with disabilities during the transition to the new fare systems.

There are a number of situations that require further attention such as registration of companion animals, tangible ways to show times on e-transfers, compatibility with mobility transportation services, proof of age requirements and discounted bus tickets for social service agency clients. The question was also raised about the transition to the new fare system fits with funding the Region has received for a feasibility study to increase access to affordable transit.

We know it is important to hear the voices of low-income people in shaping decision that affect them. Transit service must be treated as a basic human right.

 If you like more information or to attend a meeting, please email